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Monday, March 26, 2012
MACON, Ga. – On the heels of hitting .538 on the week with two doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs, Lipscomb senior second baseman Zak Messer has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week as announced on Monday.
Leading the Bison to the first sweep in school history of Mercer, Messer played a key role in the team’s success against the Bears. After driving in four runs in Saturday’s 11-3 win over Mercer, the Bristol, Va., native capped off the weekend by breaking open a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning on Sunday with a monster home run over the left field fence that cleared the batting cages and propelled Lipscomb to an eventual 7-4 lead.
“Zak has played really well the last few weeks,” said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. “We’ve had some injuries and had to move some positions. A lot of times that’s hard on a player to do that but he’s handled it well and is swinging the bat as good as good as he has since he’s been here.
“It’s always good to see after he had the unfortunate injury last year. It’s great to see him bounce back and get off to a great start.”
Along with his lofty average and five extra-base hits, Messer posted a .600 on-base percentage, walked three times, stole one base and was perfect on 12 fielding attempts including turning a pair of double plays.
Messer is the first Bison to earn A-Sun Player of the Week honors since Lipscomb joined the conference in 2002.